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Amateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 1, By Tom HerbstHave you ever gazed in wonder at a faceted gemstone, at the ever-changing interplay of light, colour, and sparkle, and asked yourself how could such a thing come into being? Gemstones have been a source of fascination, mystery and power for millennia, yet it is only in the few last decades that the tools and knowledge for creating these tiny miracles have been available to the average person.
In Amateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 1, amateur faceter Tom Herbst lays out the steps necessary to transform a shapeless chunk of rock into a glittering jewel that is unique and valuable. And along the way he explains not only the "how" but also the "why" and provides helpful tips in dealing with many of the pitfalls that confront the beginning gem cutter.
At the bare minimum, this book should help you appreciate the craftsmanship that gives life to the jewelry you love. Hopefully, however, you will be inspired to attempt your own first gemstone, the initial step in what may become a life-long invo
Amateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 2, By Tom HerbstIn Amateur Gemstone Faceting Volume 2, amateur faceter Tom Herbst helps you expand your faceting horizons. You will learn - hopefully painlessly - about the optics and mathematics behind the magic of gemstones. Subsequent chapters on the properties and treatments of common gem materials will help you identify and make the most of your valuable rough.
To really expand your horizons, try faceting on your computer, visualizing gemstones before committing the stone to the lap. Nothing can match the satisfaction of creating and cutting your own unique gem cuts. Chapters on general design principles and a specific case study should help you on your way. Finally, faceters are inveterate tinkerers, and the concluding chapter lays out ideas for multiple do-it-yourself projects, including instructions for building a precision digital angle encoder for your faceting machine.